A football match held in memory of former local footballer, Paul Turner has raised £1,244.36 for Cornwall Hospice Care. The charity game, which was held at the Sticker Football Club saw an ex-Sticker team take on the Western Vets. Paul, a talented midfield player, proudly represented both clubs during his playing career. The money was presented to some of the nurses at Mount Edgcumbe Hospice in St Austell where Paul was cared for.

 

The match was a suitable occasion on which to remember a former player and friend who was very popular in the local football world.  One of the organisers was friend, Anthony Tucker;

“It was a really good day and all the hard work it took to organise it certainly paid off.  It was always on my mind to do something after Paul died and this match was ideal. We all knew him and it was gratifying to get together, play some football and raise some money for Cornwall Hospice Care. What was even better was that our side, the Western Vets, won the match by 8 goals to 4!”

“Another friend, Mark Endean who runs a youth team at Biscovey, also helped out and organised two junior matches prior to the main game against Charlestown Youth teams, that included Paul’s boys Travis and Sam. Paul’s Mum was also there and I think she’d like this to become an annual event so we’ll probably do it again.”

“I’d like to thank everyone who was involved. On the day Peta, Lisa and the rest of the team worked ever so hard with the collection buckets and selling raffle tickets. People were so generous. The lady on the burger van gave us a £50 donation. We were also given a wonderful selection of prizes by friends and local businesses and local band Jailhouse, which include friends Kev Robinson and Alister Berry entertained us in the clubhouse in the evening.  So on behalf of them all it’s a real honour to hand over such a magnificent sum to some of the nursing team who cared for Paul.” 

Judy Lawton is one of Cornwall Hospice Care’s Community Fundraisers and says the charity relies on the generosity of so many groups in the county;

“We simply couldn’t provide the specialist care we offer at our two hospices without help from friends and family like those who put on this match. I can’t thank everyone enough for raising such a superb sum in Paul’s memory. It’ll go a long way to helping ensure others receive the care and compassion shown to the Turner’s when Paul was so poorly.”  

The above picture shows – back row (left to right), Peta Ashbrook, Judy Lawton (Community Fundraiser for Cornwall Hospice Care), Caroline Humphries and Lisa Tucker and front row (left to right) Dave Hardy, Nettie Goodwin, Anthony Tucker, Clare Macko and Mark Endean.